DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO TRAVEL ITINERARY by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN
VIA LAILA ESSAYDI, DESIGN BY REBECCA JOHNSON
DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO FAVORITE MEMORY by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN DESTINATION GUIDE: TRAVEL ADVICE FOR WOMEN IN MOROCCOby ANUSH MIRBEGIAN
  24 HOUR ITINERARY:

 
Waking to the reminiscent morning call to prayer, I would suggest a sunrise walk on the beachfront in Essaouira to begin a wonderfully long day of exploration.
 
Enjoy a breakfast of handmade breads like msemen and harcha, they are an essential and indulgent way to start the day and should not be missed, especially drizzled with honey.
 
Next, you are mysteriously transported to the Jardin Majorelle   http://www.jardinmajorelle.com/  in Marrakech for a walk through the desert garden and buildings washed in Yves Klein blue. Don’t forget to peek into the Berber Museum, it will absolutely convince you to return to Morocco for an ancient jewelry expedition on your next trip, or for the next stop.
 
Which is the fascinating antique shop, Amazonite in Marrakech. Consult Saba, the beautiful owner and she will gladly weave historical tales around your selections that will color them with depth and significance. Find a way to sneak away because if you are like me you’d gladly listen to Saba all day and there is much more to encounter.
 
Lunch most certainly must be Moroccan oysters, have them at L’Hippocampe in Oualidia or at the Grand Café de la Poste in Marrakech. I fool you not; they are the most delectable oysters you will ever taste.
 
After lunch, the souks are yours to raid where you will find kaftans, rugs, leather, silver and everything imaginable to furnish your new Moroccan themed salon at home. Often times, artisan products can be customized for your own personal tastes, so hold nothing back.
 
You should have worked up quite a sweat with your shopping habits and nowhere better to keep that going than heading for a scrub and a steam. Try the luxe hammam the stunning La Mamounia hotel to relax from the whirlwind day.
 
Dinner will be at Al Fassia tonight. Indulge in the traditional Moroccan salad spread and expertly prepared fish, lamb and chicken dishes. All the offerings are delicious and this is the place to try it all.
 
Reflect on the day and enjoy one last sweet mint tea on the rooftop of your traditional Riad, under stars and wide skies, maybe somewhere in the distance a gnawa band will be drumming along, foreshadowing your next visit or convincing you to stay.
 
August 2013